Friday, January 18, 2008


my connection to evan was brief but, as everyone who knew him can understand, meaningful. he lived in the same place as myself between tours and travels. mostly i remember being woken up at 3 in the morning to him and gram singing country songs in the kitchen. and on more than one occasion when i would go out there to tell them to pipe down, i was treated with a frosty can of beer and a smile or a hug. i can't remember seeing him without a smile or a song or making someone else laugh or sing. the world is so small, and i know so many people in california, indiana, illinois, and texas who are profoundly affected by his life and his death. we need to appreciate each and every one of us while we are around.

evan's lounge forever.

Bloomington comes together to celebrate the life of Evan Farrell on Sunday, January 20th with a memorial service at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and a benefit concert at the Bluebird Nightclub.

Evan Farrell was a musician best known for his time with the Japonize Elephants and Rogue Wave. Over the holiday break he flew out to San Francisco for a reunion with the Japonize Elephants and suffered fatal injuries from smoke inhalation in an apartment fire. He is survived by his wife Jill and two sons. He was an integral part of many lives in Bloomington, from fellow musicians, to handymen, to people who met him over drinks and laughs at the bar. The service and benefit concert are a chance for Bloomington to pay tribute to a man that meant so much to so many.

The memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20th from 3-5pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and will feature speakers and other special tributes. The benefit concert will begin at the Bluebird Nightclub at 5pm with refreshments and a screening of several short films and home movies of Evan. The concert will feature performances by The Hollows, Kentucky Nightmare, Thousand Arrows, Golden Gram (from Rogue Wave, who was also in the fire), Merrie Sloan and Toby of Crooked County, Drakkar Sauna, and the Japonize Elephants. A silent auction will also be held with items donated from local businesses and individuals as well as artists and musicians from across the country. The outpouring of support has been amazing.

Admission is open donation allowing friends and well-wishers the opportunity to donate as much as they are able. All proceeds benefit the family of Evan Farrell.

Online donations are being accepted via paypal here.

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